Wednesday, February 9, 2011

RIP Guitar Hero...Hello Monthly Fees For Call Of Duty?

Originally this post was supposed to be on The Capcom "VS." series, but something interesting happened before I got a chance to finish. Activision announced that they were effectively killing off the now unloved Guitar Hero franchise. Now, I dig Guitar Hero as much as the next guy, but I knew Activision was going to kill the franchise through over saturation and releasing multiple sequels within a year will do that. I'm actually a bit surprised that Activision didn't include Tony Hawk in that cancellation announcement. Activision isn't too concerned though, since they still make boatloads of money with their World of Warcraft and Call of Duty franchises. Activision has also gone on record as saying they want to concentrate on developing a bigger community for their Call of Duty games, which in short means they want to start charging gamers a monthly fee to play the popular First Person Shooter franchise. It's almost gotten out of hand how greedy some publishers have gotten, not only will gamers have to pay $60 a pop to buy the game, then they'll have to pay the same monthly fees attached to MMORPGs to play the multiplayer component of that game. I don't know about anybody else, but I'm pretty annoyed by this, but so many gamers are nothing more than sheep who all pay for and play the same thing every 10 months, so I guess that makes me a part of the minority in my disgust in the thought of this happening.

1 comment:

  1. Dude, that is so insane. I totally understand why console makers charge the minimal annual fee for their subscriptions... but now makers will charge? Honestly, it wouldn't be that much of a big deal if I knew the price. DLC is totally understandable because it adds on almost a totally new or aspect of the game. But just to expand online seems fairly fishy to me.I have a sneeky suspicion that it will come up to about the same charge as the console's online service after a year. That is what scares me.